It’s easy to be offended by people that you perceive to be putting themselves first. When you go to park your car and someone cuts into the spot you chose, you may be angered and believe that they are inconsiderate.
When you’re trying to have a conversation and someone near you is talking too loudly, it’s easy to get upset with their lack of awareness for the needs of others.
When you become a member or regular attendee of a church, you open yourself up to the possibility… no, the likelihood of getting hurt or offended. There will always be someone who is unaware of your needs and boundaries.
Even in something as sacred as the Lord’s Table, preaching or prayer we can hurt each other. Paul wrote a letter to the Corinth church and addressed a problem. When they met together to feast and celebrate the Lord’s Table, there were plenty of ill-mannered behaviors.
Some brought enough food to be gluttons and would not notice the hungry among them who had nothing to eat. Some drank the cup until they were drunk. A lack of basic awareness for the needs of others discredited the reason for which they gathered.
In any of the communal ways that we are connected as a church, we need to understand God’s heart to care for one another.
1 Corinthians 11:
33 So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for each other. 34 If anyone is hungry, he should eat at home, so that when you meet together it may not result in judgment.
Each has a responsibility to come into the gathering with a servant’s heart. We do not come together to satisfy our personal needs. We come to share the common life and the common table that the Lord provides. Rather than harboring hurts and attitudes toward one another, we are called to live in peace with each other. Those who will not work for reconciliation and peace will face the judgment that comes from being selfish and high-minded.
Let’s eat the bread of Christ’s body and the cup of His blood recalling the sacrificial way he served the needs of the Disciples.